What is Narcolepsy?

Narcolepsy Is a sleep disorder characterized by excessive sleepiness. Symptoms can include:

“Narcolepsy with cataplexy is caused by the loss of a chemical in the brain called hypocretin. Hypocretin acts on the alerting systems in the brain keeping us awake and regulating sleep-wake cycles.

In narcolepsy, the cluster of cells that produce hypocretin, located in a region called the hypothalamus, is damaged or completely destroyed. Without hypocretin, the person has trouble staying awake, and also experiences distractions in the normal sleep-wake cycles.” (sleepfoundation.org)

If you think you or a loved one may have Narcolepsy, please give us a call today. The journey to healthy sleep starts with a call to us (AZ (480) 641-9117 CA (661) 631-8328). We are happy to coordinate a sleep study with your doctor. We also offer competitive cash pay pricing.

 

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Cheryl Brown

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